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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Discount Tix for NJSO's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert


 
 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert
Red Line
Sat, June 1 at 2 pm & 7:30 pm | NJPAC in Newark 
Year Five begins! Between crushing on Cho Chang, studying for his O.W.L.s and the ever-growing number of detentions from Professor Umbridge™, Harry Potter™ must find the time to discover the secret of his terrible nightmares! See Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert on the big screen in high-definition and experience the NJSO performing Nicholas Hooper’s unforgettable score live.
Special Offer:
Save 30%* when you order using promotion code WIZARD30 online, or call NJSO Patron Services at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).
 
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Regular-price tickets are also available on NJPAC’s website or by calling the NJPAC Box Office at 1.888.GO.NJPAC (466.5722).

Art House Productions: Second Annual 6th Borough Comedy Festival in Downtown Jersey City

KEVIN FARLEY



Art House Productions (Meredith Burns, Executive Director, Xavier Padin, and Rich Kiamco, Producers) is proud to announce the second annual 6th Borough Comedy Festival  (6BCF) from June 12th-15th. 6BCF will be held in Downtown Jersey City with over 130 performers from across the country. The festival features Stand Up, Sketch, Improv, Roast Battles, Podcasts and new special events: The Roast Of Jersey City’s Mayor Steven Fulop, and a celebrity guest on the podcast, The James Altucher Show. This year’s industry judges include Stand-Up New York and Catch A Rising Star. In addition, one comedian will be selected to headline a weekend show at Stand Up NY! For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.6BCF.com

Art House Productions has long awarded adventurous and diverse performing artists with a stage to expose audiences to their ambitious and challenging projects. Like the theater, 6BCF puts a premium on diversity and inclusion in comedy. Festival performers and teams include Jayson Acevedo, Cristina Arroyo, Edward Bell, Sagar Bhatt, Rich Carucci, Sai D, Emily Evans, Jess Fleischer, FreddyG, Pedro Gonzalez, Timmy Hall, Boris Khaykin, Alex La, Jen Lap, Gregory Lotsvin, James Mac, Willie Macc, Mike Mancusi, Jimmy McDonald, Stu Melton, Brandon Mitchell, Sam Morrison, Katie Morrissey, Natalie Perlin, Justin Randall, Dan Rosen, Ryan Rummel, Renee Santos, Sandip Sen, Gianmarco Soresi, Badar Tareen, Glen Tickle, Emily Walsh, Bird & Friends, Devin & Kristina, OFF TOP!, BOYF, Freeze Frame! The Musically Improvised Sitcom, Gary From HR, GAS Good At Sports, Gin Girls, Helvetica, Night Eaters, Improv Technicians, Improvised Buffy, Jane Don't, Meggie & Laura, Mercy Santos, Milwaukee!, My Momma's Biscuits, Perfect Storm, ROAD PIZZA, Softball, The Code Switch, The Executives, The Michaels, and The Nitro Girls!

One of the new events at this year’s fest is the roast of Jersey City Mayor, Steven Fulop. “I’m looking forward to all my insecurities and vulnerabilities being exploited by comedians in a public forum. What could possibly go wrong? Thank you Art House for getting me to agree to this in a moment of weakness. In any event, I’ll see you there,” says Mayor Fulop.

Another exciting new event added to this year’s fest, is the live podcast of the James Altucher show. Come see this professional interrupter and podcaster as he conducts a LIVE interview on 6/13 at the new District Kitchen. This top-10 rated podcast launched in 2014 and has gathered millions of listeners and over 35 million downloads! Past guests have included Mark Cuban, Coolio, Arianna Huffington, and Peter Thiel. Who knows who you might see James interview at 6BCF. Following the interview will be a comedy show with a surprise lineup of hilarious talent!





Lastly, this year’s headliners, Kevin Farley(photo) and Jessica Kirson, will close out the festival on Saturday, June 15th. Farley has appeared in Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, Curb Your Enthusiasm, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and has been touring as a Stand-Up Comedian for over 20 years. Kirson is a regular prankster on The Howard Stern Show, most recently appeared on HBO’s Crashing, is one of the few female comedians to have performed on The Tonight Show twice, and her Comedy Central special comes out this fall. As her friend Dave Attell says, “I’d hate to follow her.”

Venues participating in Jersey City’s premiere comedy fest are:

FM Bar, 340 3rd Street at Newark Avenue

HarborsideJC, 210 Hudson St at Exchange Place

Art House Productions at the Cast Iron Lofts located at 262 17th Street btw Coles St. and Jersey Ave. Street parking and lot parking at The Sylvan Lot on 18th Street Available

Festival Schedule:

Wednesday, June 12th Art House Productions - 262 17th Street Jersey City, NJ 07310

Improv + Sketch Comedy 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Ages 18+

Thursday, June 13th Art House Productions - 262 17th Street Jersey City, NJ 07310 

Improv + Sketch Comedy 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Ages 18+

Harborside - 210 Hudson St at Exchange Place

James Altucher Podcast with Celebrity Guest + Comedy Show

7pm Podcast 8pm Comedy Show

Friday, June 14th  FM Bar - 340 3rd Street at Newark Avenue

Stand Up Comedy + Roast Battles w/ Scott Chaplin [Comedy Central Roast Battle] 

7:30 PM - Midnight Ages 18+

Saturday, June 15th Harborside Atrium - 210 Hudson St at Exchange Place

Podcast + Roast Of Mayor + Live Music + Headliners 4:00PM - 10:00 PM

10 PM Closing Party at District Kitchen Ages 18+

About Art House Productions:

Art House Productions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the development and presentation of the performing and visual arts in Jersey City, NJ. Art House Productions presents theater, performing and visual arts festivals, arts events, visual art exhibitions, and adult and youth art classes For more information about our programs, please visit our website at www.arthouseproductions.org. Follow us on social media @arthouseproductions

SPONSORED BY: Harborside JC, SILVERMAN, BCB Community Bank, Mack-Cali, NJCU, Manhattan Building Company, Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, Stella Artois, Catch a Rising Star, Stand Up New York, LAUGH PASS, Yelp, FM Bar, Rock-It Docket, Midnight Market, ChicPeaJC, Hudson County Cultural Affairs, and presented in Partnership with Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council and the Office of Cultural Affairs

Made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Departmentof State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet at CSC







The New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet will be presenting a double feature of ballets on Sunday, June 2 at 4:00 pm. The performance will be held on the Sitnik Stage of Centenary Stage Company’s Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. Tickets are $25.00 for adult orchestra seating, $22.00 for adult mezzanine seating and $15.00 for children under 12. Tickets are available on line at centenarystageco.org or by phone at (908) 979 – 0900. 


Peter and the Wolf is a timeless classic that delights both children and adults alike. It is a story of unexpected friendships, teamwork and bravery. This ballet serves as a great introduction for children to learn the instruments of the orchestra because each character is represented by a different instrument. The dance, narration and musical themes help to guide the story which has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world. Peter and the Wolf features all new choreography this year by the new Co-Artistic Directors Alexandra Thorpe and Ashley Feyrer. The part of Peter is played by Lily Papendick (12) of Stanhope. The part of the Wolf is played by Violet McMeen (13) of Long Valley. It is the first time for both of them in this role.




Carnival of the Animals is a charming ballet that tells the story of a young girl who falls asleep and dreams her favorite stuffed animal, a lion, has come to life! The Lion leads the young girl to his magical kingdom, where all of his animals friends live. The young girl loves to dance and is delighted when all the magical animals dance for her. There are spirited chickens pecking about, beautiful fish swimming around, adorable turtles peeking out of their shells, a kangaroo that energetically bounces to and fro and silly penguins that slip and slide all over. The young girl wakes up realizing that just because it was a dream, doesn’t mean it wasn’t real. We are reminded that you should always believe in your dreams. 

The entire ballet is a gem that leaves the audience feeling enchanted and inspired.

It has been 6 years since NJCYB has last danced Carnival of the Animals. We are excited to bring it back into the repertoire. Choreography is by Elisabeth Holowchuk Sollog. The part of the lion is played by Anne Mohan (17) of Newton. And the part of the Little Girl is played by Kristina Gallagher (8) of Hackettstown.


The cast is comprised entirely of students from the surrounding area (Hunterdon, Morris, and Warren Counties) ranging in ages from 6-17. Both ballets feature narration making the performances accessible to children.

For more information please visit The New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet at njcyb.org or by phone at (908) 850 - 0709. To purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The Centenary Stage Company box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to every performance. The box office is located at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review: Three Cheers for '1776' at the Barn Theatre in Montville


A longtime resident of Parsippany, Sherman Edwards, was a composer, lyricist, musician, and schoolteacher.  As a composer he wrote the scores for several Elvis Presley movies. as a composer and musician he worked with such bandleaders as Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Louis Armstrong. Today, Edwards who died at only 61 in 1981. is best remembered for the one musical for which he wrote both the music and lyrics, “1776.” The playwright was Peter Stone.”1776” opened on Broadway in 1969 winning the Tony for “Best Musical.” The film version was released in 1972.
Now, just a few miles from where his former North Beverwyck Road home was located, “1776” is being impressively staged at the Barn Theatre in Montville. This is a robust, slightly bawdy, highly entertaining production that might more accurately been titled “The Birth of a Nation.”   The plot, of course, centers on John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress seated in Philadelphia to vote for independence from Great Britain and sign the Declaration of Independence thus establishing the new nation, “The United States of America.”   

Director Roseann Ruggiero has assembled an outstanding cast of 24 men and two women, led by Joe Elefante with a star turn as John Adams, Michael Foley is superb as Benjamin Franklin. He nicely displays his dual passion for liberty and female companionship (randy…a better word?), Jeffrey Dopson has fun as the spirited Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, Brian Eller is excellent as John Dickinson, the strong advocate for loyalty to the British Empire and the preservation of slavery in the southern colonies, Brad Bebout is fine as the great Boston patriot and president of the Congress, John Hancock. The two fine voiced ladies are Adelaide Prekopa as Martha Jefferson and D’Angelique Dopson as Abigail Adams.
If you have never seen a version of the play, we should note that it is not a Disney sanitized portrayal of the Founding Fathers. These are not “sanctimonious orators prone to dramatic proclamations of the glories of democracy.” You will be surprised by the humor, mild profanity and outright bawdiness in some of the scenes. For instance, Thomas Jefferson tells John Adams and Benjamin Franklin that he has writer's block and can't come up with anything for the Declaration of Independence because he "burns" for his wife, whom he has not seen in six months. Adams expresses similar yearnings, and Franklin then makes a joke about how at his age it's best to stick to writing because "the pen is mightier than the sword." New Jersey is prominent, particularly when a letter to the Continental Congress from George Washington reports on the general drunkenness of militia in New Jersey, and how their demand for prostitutes is greater than the supply of prostitutes in New Jersey, and that many have contracted venereal disease.

The play contains 13 musical numbers, with “Sit Down, John” (Adams and Congress); “Till Then” (Adams and Abigail); “But, Mr. Adams” (Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Sherman and  Livingston) and “Is Anybody There?” (Adams and Thomson)  particular standouts.

The balance of the cast of “1776" features: the imposing Tim Daniels as Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Barca as George Read,  Roy Bogert as Andrew McNair, Jim Coakley as Col. Thomas McKean, Michael Daly as Leather Apron, Don Flynn as Dr. Lyman Hall,  Michael Foster as Lewis Morris, Ronan Green as The Courier, Jim Hammill as Stephen Hopkins, Cory Herbert as Robert Livingston, Clinton L. Scott as James Wilson, Adam Mahonchak as Dr. Josiah Bartlett, Dave McDonald as Caesar Rodney, Donald Pauselius as Joseph Hewes, Lawrence Sanders as Rev. John Witherspoon of New Jersey, Robert Scarpone as Samuel Chase, Gabe Weiss as Edward Rutledge, Larry Wilbur as Rodger Sherman and Jared Zak as Charles Thompson.

Director  Roseann Ruggiero’s support team includes; Music Director Tracy Lee Witko, Producer Geraldine Baillod and Carla Kendall, Stage Manager  Susan Hagen, Set Design Greg Moran, Set Decor Anette Angelini and Camille DiLorenzo, Scenic Artist Anette Angelini, Lighting Design Cheryl Wilbur ,Sound Design Larry Wilbur,
Props Camille DiLorenzo, Costumes Janice Schopper, Make-Up / Hair Pearl Hart,
Wig Consultant Natacha Moreno and Make-Up / Hair Christine Morgan 

The principle take-away from this rousing depiction of the decision to revolt is that nothing has changed....even then our leaders were all too human. They were just as divided, just as prone to good and evil, just as irrational of temper as the politicians of today. Three cheers for cast and crew.

Reviewed by Rick Busciglio  May 19, 2019

The remaining performances are on May, 25, 31 June 1, 7, & 8 at 8pm and May, 26 & June 2 at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 (senior/student tickets are $23 on matinees only) 

The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287. For more reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at (973) 334-9320, or visit The Barn Theatre on the web at www.barntheatre.org


Photo caption: Pictured L to R; Joe Elefante as John Adams, Tim Daniels as Thomas Jefferson, Michael Foley as Benjamin Franklin, Cory Herbert as Robert Livingston & Larry Wilbur as Rodger Sherman

[Photograph by Tom Schopper]

Friday, May 17, 2019

Auditions: 'Next to Normal' at Holmdel

NEXT TO NORMAL
Music by Tom Kitt
Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed by Kathy Connolly
Musically Directed by Andrew Kosinski

AUDITION DATES: 
Monday May 20th 7-10 PM
Tuesday May 21st 7-10 PM

PRODUCTION DATES: 
July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
Aug. 2, 3, 4
Casting "Next to Normal," with music by Tom Kitt and book & lyrics by Brian Yorkey. This contemporary musical explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.
Please prepare 32 bars of one musical theatre song and one rock song showing range.
Callbacks will take place on May 23rd.  
PLEASE EMAIL auditionhtc@gmail.com FOR AN AUDITION DATE AND TIME.
THE ROLES
Diana (40-45) - Delusional, bipolar, and depressed. The sexiness of her yesterdays has only recently begun to soften. She is determined to make her family perfect but is tortured by a death in the family. Range: G3 - F#5.
Gabe (18-21) - Diana & Dan's son. Dashing, athletic, and bright. He is a playful man and everything a mother could imagine. Range: B2 - C5.
Natalie (16-20) - Diana & Dan's troubled daughter. An accomplished pianist and hardworking student, her struggles are exacerbated by her mother's behavior. She greatly admires Henry. Range: G3 - G5
Dan (40-45) - Diana's husband. He is handsome and genuine. Though a constant in Diana's tumultuous life, he has grown tired and weary of her antics. Range: Ab2 - B4.
Henry (17-20) - Natalie's classmate. The all-around musician, philosopher, and slacker. He has an intoxicating capacity for sympathy and romance. Range: G#2 - B4.
Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine (30-50) - Diana's handsome psychiatrist- Quite assured in his practice and considered somewhat of a rock star. Range: A2 - A4.

Actors of of all ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. AEA members may audition for possible Guest Appearance Contract. For non-equity actors, there will be a small stipend available.

If you have any questions or concerns please CONTACT US!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Mile Square Theatre presents its annual 10-minute play festival, 7th Inning Stretch


Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, presents its annual 10-minute play festival, 7th Inning Stretch: 7 10-minute plays about baseball .

In celebration of Hoboken’s historical claim as the birthplace of baseball, since 2003 MST has commissioned some of America’s most celebrated playwrights to create short work on the theme of baseball. This year’s lineup of writers has eagerly accepted the assignment and will swinging for the fences on May 31, June 1, and June 2, when this annual event is presented at Mile Square Theatre’s Hoboken performance venue.

This year’s writers include Greg DePaul (Bride Wars), James Hindman (Popcorn Falls), Mona Pirnot (EST Youngblood), Richard Vetere (Gangster Apparel, Caravaggio), Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder (The Light of the World), Antu Yacob (Mourning Sun), and Ruth Zamoyta (The Caregivers).

Chris O’Connor, MST Artistic Director and producer of the festival, says, “This is our 15th year of premiering 10-minute baseball plays, and once again, we have an accomplished and diverse roster of playwrights for the Stretch. The plays are moving, funny, and so entertaining. It makes for a unique evening of theatre that our audience eagerly anticipates every year. The Stretch never fails to dazzle, and they’re never disappointed. The entire event is a benefit for Mile Square Theatre, and I’m always moved by the number of theatre artists who volunteer their time to create the show.”

7th Inning Stretch, presented by Mile Square Theatre
1400 Clinton Street, Hoboken
May 31: The Triple Play Party! Doors open at 7pm, curtain at 8pm Join the actors and the board for an evening of food, drink, and baseball plays!
June 1 @ 8pm
June 2 @ 3pm



Tickets available at www.milesquaretheatre.org, or by calling 201-683-7014.  
Tickets are $30 • $18 students and seniors
Triple Play Party: $75

Discount Parking available at The Harlow @ 14th and Willow, and at Little Man Parking at 1300 Jefferson Street.

For more information on Mile Square Theatre, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

7th Inning Stretch Sponsors:
Atlantic Environmental Solutions, Avid, Breakline, Castle Point Publishing, Fit Foundry, The Gravity Vault, Haven Savings Bank, Hoboken Brownstone, Marchetto, Higgins, Stieve Architects, and Minervini/Vandermark/Melia/Kelly Architecture

MST Season Sponsorships: Advance Realty, Bijou Properties, Little City Books, The Rockefeller Group

Mile Square Theatre is supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of state, a partner agency of the National endowment for the arts and by funds from the national endowment for the arts, administered by the Hudson county office of cultural & heritage affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

PLAYWRIGHT BIOS

GREG DePAUL wrote the movie Bride Wars, starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, and co-wrote Saving Silverman, starring Jack Black. His plays have been produced in L.A. and New York. He teaches screenwriting at NYU, The New School, and SUNY-Purchase, and founded the Stillwater Writers Group. Oh, and he coaches kids' sports, including baseball. 

JAMES HINDMAN’s New York credits include: POPCORN FALLS directed by two-time Tony Award Winner Christian Borle ( ‘Top Twenty Theatrical Moments of 2018’, pub. Samuel French), PETE 'N' KEELY (Outer Critics Award nomination, two Drama Desk nominations), THE AUDIENCE (Drama Desk nomination), BEING AUDREY (Transport Group, NEA Grant recipient), A CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE, THE GORGES MOTEL (NYFringe Festival 2016, Pub. Dramatist Play Service) and his one man show, WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU.  His other work includes MULTIPLE FAMILY DWELLING (New Jersey Rep, Chosen ‘Top 10 New Jersey Productions of 2017’), THE BIKINIS (Long Wharf, Goodspeed Musicals), THE DRAMA DEPARTMENT (Terrence McNally Award finalist), HEAVEN HELP US (Denver Center, Carbonell Award nomination)  Many of his ten minute plays and monologues have been published in anthologies. He is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America and a substitute teacher for Playwriting at The Barrow Group. As a performer: “Oceans 8”, Marvel’s “Iron Fist”, “The Americans”, recurring role on Steven Spielberg’s “Public Morals”, “Madam Secretary”, “Forever”, “Believe”, “Person of Interest”, “Hostages”, “House Of Cards”, “Henry’s Crime”, “The Sopranos”, "Law and Order, SVU, CI”, “Rescue Me” and “The Blacklist”.  B’way and tours:  MARY POPPINS, The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1776, City of Angels, A Grand Night for Singing, Once Upon a Mattress, Falsettos, Dancing at Lughnasa. 

MONA PIRNOT is a New York City-based playwright and songwriter. She is a current member of EST/Youngblood. Her plays have been produced by or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Two Headed Rep, Premiere Stages, and Hecht Studio Theatre. Selected monologues from her play Lessons from an Abandoned Work are published in In Performance, Contemporary Monologues for Teens (Hal Leonard.) She was the 2014-15 Literary Fellow at Center Theatre Group. She will be Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2019 Playwright in Residence.

RICHARD VETERE wrote the novel The Third Miracle (Simon & Schuster) and co-wrote the screenplay adaptation starring Ed Harris, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, directed by Agnieszka Holland released by Sony Picture Classics.  His plays include Gangster Apparel (Old Red Lion, London); One Shot, One Kill (Primary Stages); Caravaggio (Silk Crossing Theater, Chicago); Machiavelli (Archlight, Off-Broadway NYC) and Lady Macbeth and Her Lover (The Directors Company NYC). His other movie adaptations of his plays include The Marriage Fool CBS TV movies starring Walter Matthau and Carol Brunet; How to Go Out on a Date in Queens starring Jason Alexander; Hale the Hero! for the General Motors Playwrights Theater on A&E starring Elisabeth Shue and Vigilante starring Robert Forester named one of the best indies of the 1980’s by BAM.  He has over twenty plays published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus and Applause Books. His other published novels include Baroque, The Writers Afterlife and Champagne and Cocaine. He was awarded a grant by the Russo Brothers Film Forum to write, direct and produce the award winning documentary Where Are We Now?  The Italian America Today.  He is a Lifetime Member of the WGA East with a masters from Columbia University in Comparative English Literature.   He has lectured on film writing and playwrighting in the master’s program at NYU and lectures on screenwriting at Queens College.  RichardVetereauthor.com

ELYZABETH GREGORY WILDER’s plays include Gee's Bend, Fresh Kills, The Flagmaker of Market Street, The Furniture of Home, White Lightning, Provenance, and Everything That’s Beautiful.  Her plays have been produced at the Royal Court (London), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, Cleveland Play House, KC Rep, Northlight, the Arden, B Street Theatre, and Hartford Stage, among others.  Her one act, “Santa Doesn’t Come to the Holiday Innwas featured in the Marathon of One Act Plays at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. New work includes The Light of the World, which explores our relationship with Confederate iconography (ASF Southern Writers' Festival) and Looks Like Pretty, which explores racial bias and the development of color photography.  A co-commission from the Geva Theatre and the Sloan Foundation, it will premiere at Geva in the 2019-2020 season. Other plays include A Requiem for August Moon (Pioneer Theatre workshop), The Bone Orchard (Denver Center commission, Great Plains Theatre Conference), and a short play for the acclaimed My America, Too project (Baltimore Center Stage), as well as four commissions from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  Elyzabeth is the recipient of the Osborn Award given by the American Theatre Critics Association and is a graduate of the dramatic writing program at New York University. Elyzabeth is the current Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence at Sewanee: The University of the South where she teaches playwriting. 

ANTU YACOB was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia and raised in San Francisco and Minnesota. She received her MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her solo show In the Gray was featured in the 2019 African Global Migration Symposium and the 2017 United Solo Theatre Festival. Her play Mourning Sun featured in the 2016 Kampala International Theatre Festival in Uganda and had its 2015 world premiere at Theatre 167 in NYC. Antu’s two-woman play The Firsts, premiered in Project Y Theatre’s 2013 New York New Playwrights Festival.  Her work has been read in the NowAfrica Playwrights Festival at Tisch-NYU, NY Madness, Crossroads Theatre’s CommonGround Festival, CoLAB Arts theOrphanage series and Project Y Theatre’s Racey Plays Series.   As an actor, she was last seen onstage in The Sheen Center's production of The American Slavery Project's The Haunted Files. Other theater credits include Risen from the Dough (Sam French OOB Short Play Festival-Winner) Mourning Sun (KITF and Theatre 167), In the Continuum original national tour (Primary Stages), The Assignment (Luna Stage), Stepping out of the River at Dawn, Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World and A Jew on Ethiopia Street (Mixed Blood Theatre), Holiday Jubilee (Crossroads Theatre), Crowns (The Theater Project), The House That Crack Built (Pillsbury House Theatre) and No Longer at Ease (Pangea World Theater). Her film & television credits include Daredevil, Night Comes On, Gypsy, Law & Order: SVU, Conjure, Signs of Aging, and Walking in Circles. She is the recipient of The Playwriting Collective’s 2018 Ball Grant. She teaches Acting at Baruch College and Rutgers University. www.antuyacob.com

RUTH ZAMOYTA started writing plays in 2016. In 2018 she received a NJ State Arts Council fellowship, and her plays The Caregivers and The Fencers were semifinalists for Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Ruth has participated in the NJ Women Playwrights program at Writers Theatre of NJ and the INKubator program at Art House Productions. Her plays have had readings at Art House Productions, Luna Stage Company, and Dreamcatcher Rep. She is a published poet and novelist, and holds degrees from St. John’s, NYU, & Columbia University.